Small, powerful and scalable SCPM vacuum generators from J. Schmalz GmbH, Glatten, Germany, represent a new series of compact ejectors that can be integrated directly into a vacuum gripping system thanks to a slim, lightweight design.
The new SCPM family was developed in response to the growing demand for space-saving, decentralized vacuum generators that combine powerful suction with straightforward integration, said the company. Their high power density and compact dimensions let the ejectors mount close to a suction cup or directly on a gripper.
Up to 16 ejectors can be easily blocked to form a compact pneumatic unit with just one connection. This means that users can set up and individually control multiple vacuum circuits with one device, allowing different parts to be handled independently of one another with only one terminal.
Also of interest is the SCPM’s modular system, which greatly simplifies the selection of the right vacuum generator. Using different modules, three different versions can be fashioned with just one main body. In addition to the basic SCPMb version, there is also a ‘c’ (controlled) version. It has additional features such as an automatic air-saving function and active blow off, which reduces compressed-air consumption during handling by more than 80%.
The intelligent ‘i’ version of the SCPM also offers numerous functions for monitoring and controlling the entire production process. The SCPMi is equipped with an IO-Link interface and NFC (near field communication) and transmits all relevant process data to connected mobile devices and computers. This allows systems to be continuously monitored so any faults can be quickly identified and remedied — before substantial costs are incurred.
In combination with the Schmalz ControlRoom app, data from the pneumatic vacuum generators can be displayed and parameterized directly on the system at any time using mobile terminal devices. Users receive important service and maintenance information directly on their smartphone or tablet and can also access information such as operating instructions or serial and order numbers. With functions such as predictive maintenance, the intelligent version of the SCPM ejector reportedly increases productivity by up to 10%.
J. Schmalz GmbH